What were you like in elementary school?

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27 Mar 2014, 3:26 pm

I was a happy boy, but sometimes I'd have my outbursts. I guess that comes with having an undeveloped mind.


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27 Mar 2014, 3:52 pm

I only remember 3rd-5th grade. I don't remember anything before that TBH. I acted out a lot and got into trouble for misbehaving.

I don't think I learned much in school because I took things too literal. When I had to define a word I never really grasped what that word meant and just memorized meaningless sentences. I wonder if anyone else had this problem?

I have been grasping more abstract thinking lately.



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27 Mar 2014, 4:30 pm

I was somewhat more outgoing than I am now. However, I had so many outbursts that I had to be separated from the class, and even changed schools at one point. I also would rather watch TV and play video games than do homework on topics I didn't care for back then (I was very hyper). Despite this, I was able to get decent grades and pass each grade in elementary school.


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27 Mar 2014, 4:43 pm

I think I was quite similar to the way I am these days.

I've always been quiet and I've always just got on with my own thing.


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27 Mar 2014, 4:48 pm

I was very quiet and reserved and well-behaved. People always said I was "shy" and I resented it because I never thought of myself that way. I can only think of a couple of times that I ever got in trouble for anything. I tended to be the teacher's pet, not in a goody-goody sort of way but in a needing to be shielded sort of way. I was more drawn to adults than the other children. I didn't feel like I was a child like they were, I felt like I was older. I felt like was pretending to be a child, like I was just playing a role for other people.

I always had friends but didn't keep them very long. I had different friends every year. I was boy crazy and had lots of crushes. In first grade I chased boys all over the playground. I got teased a lot about my crushes. I tried to play football with the boys but I didn't really understand the rules of the game. I was never into girly stuff very much. I liked playing with cars and or toys I could build things with, like legos.

I loved reading and going to the library. I read on the school bus and it gave me headaches. I read the encylopedia. I got straight As, except for one B in third grade, and I was in the gifted program . I liked origami. I took a set of supplies with me to gifted class with all different kinds of tape and scissors so I could make stuff out of paper.

I didn't understand at first that the other kids weren't smart like me. In first grade I thought they were pretending not to know the answers to things. I always knew the answers. My teachers would tell me to stop raising my hand to give the others a chance.

I cried very easily. In second grade I cried almost every day at school because I hated it there and I wanted to go home. I was convinced I had something horribly wrong with my brain, like a brain tumor. But I never told anyone that. I kept a lot of things to myself, that it didn't even occur to me to tell anyone what I was thinking or feeling.

I was an insomniac. A lot of nights I didn't go to sleep until after midnight. I don't think my parents ever knew I was lying awake that long. I would just lie awake quietly for hours having elaborate daydreams and fantasies. I liked being in my own world that way.



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27 Mar 2014, 5:41 pm

Caz72 wrote:
in primary school i was seriously below average, so below average that i had to have a mentor with me all through, from when i was 4 right to when i was 11. i was at mainstream school, but was treated a little diferently. sometimes my mentor took me out of the classroom and take me to the gym to do little exersise and ball games, just me and her, and once a day i had to have little nap in the headteachers office, usualy before lunch.

at playtimes i often sat in the staff room with the other teachers and i played on the floor, and sometimes my mentor would take me out into the playground to play with the other children. the staff didnot want me about on my own because i was very developmentally delayed and i needed to be escorted all the time.

sadly i couldnt talk properly until i was about 9 or 10, before then i just babbled or hardly said anything at all, and sometimes i cried if i didnt want to be taken out of the classroom but i never had big tantrums or meltdowns. i was quite a happy quiet child for an autistic, which is why back then nobody suspected autism, they all just thought i had mental retardation. i was developmentally delayed in everything, including reading and writing.

i didnt go to secondary school because they knew i would be bullied for sure (i am now at work), even if i had a mentor to watch me, so i went to special school for 2 days a week and 1 day we went on little outings, and the rest of the week i had off.



Hi Caz,

You stated you were at work. I would be really interested in how you got that far, since you only went to school 2 days a week during your secondary school years. This seems like this would be quite the story!

I, myself, didn't speak until age 5. Went to a school for emotionally-disturbed kids until 6th grade. Did okay academically, poor socially. Never had a "para"; they didn't have them in the late 1960's, I don't believe. Went to "regular" school from 6 to 8th grade--did okay academically, but not socially. I Almost got kicked out of school for calling out answers too often, thereby constantly getting thrown out of class. I went to a high school for "gifted underachievers." Did pretty well academically, less bad socially than before, but not well, anyway. Graduated. Went out in the working world. Had a few jobs which I did okay on. Finally got my present job at age 19, where I'm still working at age 53. Learned to drive at age 37. Graduated college (university) at age 45. My path was fairly conventional, even though I had many troubles as a child.

Your journey, however, is probably much more fascinating than mine.



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27 Mar 2014, 6:38 pm

I was well behaved and called "shy" by everyone because I didn't speak at school until the middle of fourth grade. It was probably selective mutism. Even after I started talking, I was still pretty quiet. I remember my third grade teacher telling my parents during parent teacher conferences that I didn't have any friends.



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28 Mar 2014, 1:54 am

horrible handrwiting, disorganized, chubby, loud, badly dressed, never wore shorts or short sleeves shirts, never participated in plays and school sings, spaced out, helmet hair, never brought lunch, trainwreck teeth, had speech therapy since preschool.



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28 Mar 2014, 3:22 am

I was a difficult child. Lots of temper tantrums/meltdowns, got teased a lot because I was easily wound up and provoked, aloof, untidy and disorganised with bad handwriting, but advanced vocabulary and reading for my age. Everybody just thought I was spoilt. After puberty I became very withdrawn and aloof.



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28 Mar 2014, 6:59 am

cjthemadscientist wrote:
Quiet kid who was alone all the time, always caught up in my own world and totally oblivious that socializing existed until about the 5th grade.


At times I had a friend. At most one. Stayed away from all groups involving more people, as the conversations in such groups never made any sense. My parents thought I was "shy", but I never had any desire to fit into a group.

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I was also the top of my grade and won awards and such, making me a very hated person.


I was happy to be perceived as the local nerd or weirdo. Only got picked on in the school bus, where the other children imposed particular seating rules.



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28 Mar 2014, 7:13 am

Overall it was pleasant until we moved after Grade 4. I went to the province's top elementary school (mom pulled some BIG strings to get me there!) and the teachers and principal were outstanding. I was bullied but nothing more than slightly above average for a kid that age and it was always dealt with. I was always seen as shy by my teachers and that I should speak up more although one teacher remarked during a Geography (my special interest) lesson that I would not shut up and she was shocked I knew how to talk like that. I even started correcting the teacher about what continent Egypt was in. I'm such an Aspie :) I also had a class where we could work at our own pace. I was on book 6 of 6 where everyone else was on book 2. That actually impressed everyone and made me a little (just a little) popular. The only area I struggled mightily was in handwriting. It was ATROCIOUS!

Maybe it might have been ten times worse at a school where bullying was ignored but overall it was a satisfying experience. I didn't have many friends but I enjoying playing on my own. I even made a model of a mall/apartment complex in a snowbank and I have to say, it was well ahead of its time. I did have two good friends (three at one point!) but they weren't as into me as I was into them.



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28 Mar 2014, 11:39 am

Oh yeah I forgot to mention that I never ate lunch. The cafeteria food was disgusting and I didn't drink the milk either. I still remember the way everything smelled and it still makes me a little queasy to think about it.

Sometimes we got a tiny paper cup with something like trail mix in it, and if I got a potato stick in mine I would eat that. I didn't always get a potato stick and I remember looking around the table wistfully when the other kids got one in their cups and I didn't. That is the one and only thing I remember eating at school. I felt like I was lucky if I got that potato stick and I had no idea how sad that was.



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28 Mar 2014, 2:01 pm

If Elementary School is the equivalent to Primary School.

In some ways I was a typical kid. I liked to get involved in different activities, and I liked playing imaginative games with other kids. The sad thing is, I still didn't seem to make friends as good as my peers. I had friendships on and off really. I think it was because I was really shy and just didn't know what to say to kids. I was better at interacting through imaginative play. When it came to realistic conversations, I was quite socially awkward. Although sometimes I do remember sitting in a group of other kids and talking and mucking about and had no problems doing that at all, then other times I remember being rather socially awkward. Maybe it was just an on and off thing; some days I was more socially awkward than others. I didn't really hang out with the other kids in my class at playground times. I usually stuck with my cousin (who I was very close to), and we usually spent playground times together alone, and ate lunch together too. Sometimes a few girls from her class would play with us, and sometimes a few girls from my class would join us, which was OK.

Keeping up with the latest crazes did help me to fit in. I remember in 1999-2000 Pokemon was the latest craze, and everybody was buying Pokemon cards and bringing them to school and swapping them in the playground. Pokemon wasn't exactly my thing, but when my cousin and some of the girls from her class had a few Pokemon cards, I really wanted to be part of the craze as well, so I got my mum to buy me some, and when I got them I was so excited to show the other kids and swap them. It did work - the other kids were interested in me and thought I was cool, especially when I happened to have the best Pokemon card, which was a ''shiny'' and had ''100 HP'' (if I can remember the Pokemon-card slang rightly). Keeping up with the trends was a lot easier when I was a kid to what it is now.


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